Sochi, Russian Federation (4E Sports) – New York Islanders captain John Tavares sustained a torn MCL and torn meniscus Wednesday while playing for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and will miss the remainder of the NHL season.
The injury was caused by a hit from Latvia defenseman Arturs Kulda in the second period of Canada’s 2-1 win.
Canada coach Mike Babcock said that Tavares would be out for the remainder of the Olympics.
The loss of Tavares would be a big blow to Canada’s chances against the United States in a semifinal game Friday, with the winner advancing to the gold-medal game Sunday.
Tavares may need surgery and he is expected to be ready by training camp in September.
The center had no points in four games in Sochi but a plus-3 rating and six shots on goal averaging 10:39 of ice time.
He is third in the NHL with 66 points in 59 games this season.